Katie Ledecky Tops 800 Free Field with Swift Prelims Swim in Atlanta

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Women’s 800 Free

Katie Ledeckyb claimed victory in the women’s 800 free from an earlier heat that swam during the prelims session. Ledecky’s time of 8:15.71 sits just off her world best of 8:15.44 from the Mesa stop of the arena Pro Swim Series.

Joanna Evans led the final heat of the women’s 800 during finals from start-to-finish, delivering a time of 8:36.10 to secure second place. G Ryan of Club Wolverine finished close behind with a time of 8:36.40 for third.

Club Wolverine picked up fourth and fifth place finishes as Rose Bi and Sierra Schmidt finished with times of 8:36.96 and 8:38.92 respectively.

Megan Byrnes grabbed sixth with a time of 8:40.77, while Easop Lee was seventh with a final time of 8:45.13.

Summer Finke completed the top eight with a time of 8:50.94.

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